Nothing is really simple anymore. Everything gets complicated time after time. However I have learned that the one thing that is not complicated and truly is simple is God's love. Sometimes we want to know why God loves us and why He would send His Son to die for us. After all, that is why we celebrate Christmas, but I think the very simple answer to that question is He created us we are His children and He loves us. Regardless of what we do, He will always love us. If you have kids, don't you love them? And won't you always love them regardless of what they do? I think so. Sure, parents can disappointed in their kids, but they always love them nonetheless.
However simple God's love is, the world tells us something much different. The world tells us that if we want it we have to work for it. Which is true... partially. It depends on what you are speaking of. Let's say you want to lose weight. If you really want to lose weight, then you will have to work for it. You will have to eat better and work out. If you want a job (or to keep one) you will have to work for it. And while the Bible does tell us to serve and be the Church, the Bible never tells us that we can earn our way to Heaven - that we can work our way there. What we do for the least of these will count somehow, but it doesn't matter how many good things you do or how good you are. Eternity cannot be earned. Jesus died on the Cross as a gift. Jesus came to earth as a gift. God has given us the choice as to whether we will accept the gift and live for Him or if we will reject it and live for ourselves. The ball is in your court, you get to choose whether you will give it back to Him or keep it yourself.
I want you to know that while this week you give gifts and receive some God has given you many gifts. Some physical and some spiritual. I'm not sure what your physical gifts may be, but I do know some of the spiritual:
If you will, please join me this week in thanking the Father for these wonderful gifts and blessings He has given us. Enjoy time with your family. Merry CHRISTmas!!!